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Old Jun 1, 2004, 5:57 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I have been browsing this site for over 4 years and thought id get the opinions of some of the gurus here before spending on a new camera

Basically, I run a PCreview site and need a camera with excellent close-up ability. At the moment I have a Kodak DC4800 and its a fine camera, but not ideal for close up work really - very blurry.

What do you guys recommend? Im looking to spend about $600-$800 on the camera

Thanks a lot!

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Old Jun 1, 2004, 3:41 PM   #2
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The Nikon Coolpix line is legendary for their macro (close-focus) abilities. If all you need it for are web-sized photos, you don't even need to spend $600--the new Nikon Coolpix 3200 will do fine. If you really want to spend more, you can try out the 5400 or the new 8700--all have excellent macro abilities.
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Old Jun 1, 2004, 8:50 PM   #3
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The question:

What is the cause of your "very blurry" images?

Chances are, it's because you are trying to get closer to the subject, than the camera allows. In it's closeup mode, your Kodak will focus from 20 cm (7.8") to 70 cm (27.5") depending on the amount zoom used.

If you are trying to focus closer, then you will get blur.

However, your blur could be for other reasons (camera movement). Bear in mind, that movement is amplifed substantially at closer ranges (because your subject represents a greater percentage of the image), so a tripod is needed unless lighting is good enough for faster shutter speeds (unlikely indoors).

If your blur is due to focus distance, and you want the best macro ability, I'd suggest looking for aNikon "Swivel Bodied" model (Nikon Coolpix 950, 990, 995, 4500).

The Swivel Bodied Nikons have the best "straight from the camera"macro performance of any digital cameras -- even compared to other Nikons. These models can focus at less than 1 inch from the subject, and "fill the frame" with an object less than 3/4" across, with virtually no distortion (because the macro "sweet spot" is at around half zoom).

Unfortunately, Nikon is no longer manufacturing these models. However, you can probably still find a new Coolpix 4500 if you search around a bit. This is the latest "swivel bodied" Nikon Model. Hopefully, it won't be the last.

If you can't locate a new one, you may be able to find a used or refurbished Nikon Coolpix 990, 995 or 4500in mint condition on Ebay or from other sources.

Depending on what you are photgraphing, you may also want to consider something like the Nikon Cool-Light SL-1. It is designed to illuminate small objects with a ring of white LED's. Here is it's description:


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